Skater Flips Double Bird at Rival

Disqualified from race

Jan 21, 2014
Outside Magazine

Sjinkie Knegt flips the double bird at the Russian victor of the 5000-meter relay race.    AFP/Getty Images

Dutch speed skater Sjinkie Knegt might well be the angriest athlete on ice.

Knegt vented his frustration last weekend after losing the 5,000-meter relay to Victor Ahn, a three-time gold medalist from Russia, by flipping the double bird. The Dutch team was disqualified from the ISU European Short Track Speed Skating Championships due to his actions, the Sydney Morning Herald reported.

The middle-finger salute also cost Knegt the bronze medal at the event, which is the final major tournament before the athletes head to Sochi.

“Of course I'm sorry," he told Dutch media after returning home, adding that it was done "out of emotion and frustration.”

The double bird could appear again when Knegt and Ahn face off next month during the Winter Olympic Games.

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